first_imgFollowing the success of Monday night football over the past two seasons, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) Chairman Edward Seaga announced at yesterday’s launch of this season’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) that they intend to add televised Saturday and Sunday games as a new feature this season. According to the outgoing PLCA chairman, the deal is still being finalised, but he is optimistic that the new venture will promote and expand top-flight local football. “The PLCA has taken the decision to expand the playing days for the fixtures to include (televised) Saturday games and Sunday games. “Saturday is a sporting day, so it fits in nicely, and it gives the sponsors better results and improve their sponsorship, and we feel this is necessary, both at the TV level and at the attendance level,” Seaga told The Gleaner at Monday’s launch at the JFF secretariat in New Kingston. “It is left now only to tie up the action of the raters of the film side and sponsorship side … and I can safely say that this year we will have Saturday and Sunday games,” he continued. “Red Stripe continues making Monday night a primary night for football. But all of us miss Sunday (televised) games because it is the right time to be able to relax and watch a game,” he added. Head of marketing at Red Stripe, Blandine Jean Paul-Reid, hailed the Premier League’s potential and declared that they are taking steps to increase their marketability. She noted how they partnered with ESPN to televise the playoff games live last season, and said they are even more committed to making the product bigger, better and more internationally accepted. “We are going to double down and create more exposure for our football. We want to take the Premier League to the next level and put it on the map beyond the borders of Jamaica. So we are looking at how we can move the League not only in the island, but how to bring it to the diaspora,” she said. Paul-Reid also believes that having four different match days gives her company more opportunities to interact with clubs and fans and to promote the league. “This year, we are going to have a lot more activities around the games. There are games on Saturdays and games on Wednesdays, and that is going to give us an opportunity to make the Red Stripe name really big in Jamaica. “All the sports bars are going to enjoy the games, and we are going to be there every single night. So, for us, it’s a great thing because we are going to have football on four days,” she beamed. Meanwhile, one of last season’s main sponsors, China Harbour Engineering Company, has pulled out, giving way to Carib Cement Company Limited, which has joined the sponsorship group. The league kicks off this Sunday with a full slate of matches. Champions Arnett Gardens will open against newcomers UWI at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 6 p.m., Harbour View entertain Boys’ Town in a 6:30 p.m. start at Harbour View, Montego Bay will start their campaign against returning former winners Portmore United at Wespow Park at 4 p.m., Reno face Humble Lion at Frome at 3:30 p.m., Tivoli Gardens take on Cavalier at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex also at 3:30 p.m., and Rivoli United oppose Waterhouse at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 4 p.m. MARKETABILITYlast_img read more

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s injury woes for the upcoming Tri-Nation series in the Caribbean continued yesterday when captain Steve Smith’s participation was put in doubt due to a wrist injury.Though not considered a serious injury, Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith would return from the Indian Premier League (IPL) for treatment and monitoring ahead of the squad’s departure for the June 6-26 tournament involving West Indies and South Africa.”Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” said CA’s sports medicine manager, Alex Kountouris.”We have been working with his IPL franchise, Pune, to monitor this, and unfortunately, it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.”From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May.”Smith’s injury follows those to fast bowler John Hastings, who has been ruled out of the tour, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who was also forced to return prematurely from the IPL with a side strain.The right-handed Smith has been in great form in the IPL for Rising Pune Supergiants, stroking his maiden T20 hundred last Friday against Gujarat Lions.His prolific form has been key to Australia’s success in recent times, and he currently averages 40 from 72 ODIs.The Tri-Nation series will be played in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.last_img read more

first_imgThe man who was reportedly caught with 27.2 kilograms of compressed marijuana was on Friday remanded to prison.Dean Grenville, 27, of Lot 60 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, is alleged to have had 27.2 kg of compressed marijuana on April 3, for the purpose of trafficking.Grenville appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court and denied the charge.He was represented by Attorney Charlyn Artiga.The ganja which was found in the New Amsterdam, Berbice house on WednesdayThe prosecution is contending that Police acting on information went to the Stanleytown house, where they swooped down on the suspect’s two-story East Bank Berbice residence at about 11:15h and conducted a search of his presence.According to Police, 16 taped parcels of compressed cannabis were found. The Stanleytown resident who was arrested has been on the Police’s radar for “quite a while” Police said.Magistrate Renita Singh remanded Grenville to prison and the case will continue on April 15.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! President Bush’s campaign to convince Americans that the government’s eavesdropping program is essential to the war on terrorism has made an impact: Last month, people disapproved, 56percent to 42percent. Now it’s basically 50-50. Bush has been particularly successful at making his case to core supporters, including Republicans, white evangelicals and suburban men. Support in each category grew more than 10 percentage points in the last month. The AP-Ipsos poll findings came as the White House relented and provided some new details to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about the program. At Bush’s direction, the National Security Agency has been monitoring communications between people overseas and in the United States when links to terrorism are suspected. – Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img deals Could Paul Pogba be open to hearing offers this summer? REVEALED who plays? It is understood that the talk was initially generated by Raiola himself, who contacted multiple top European clubs back in January to see who could be interested in signing his client.Juventus have not been shy about confirming their interest in the 25-year-old. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won He then returned to United in 2016, but now could be offered a transfer back to Italy.According to the Mirror, the Old Lady expressed their interest to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, having already completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade RANKED Pogba won four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias at Juve 2 silverware smart causal 2 Latest Manchester United News gameday cracker REVEALED Juventus will attempt to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.The midfield star started his career in the youth ranks at Old Trafford before initially signing for Juve in 2012. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The Serie A champions are set for a clear-out to fund both moves, with Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain, Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara all said to be on their way out of the club.They then want to secure Pogba’s signature, with their aim being for him to team up with Ronaldo and convert their Italian domestic supremacy into elusive European success. IN DEMAND How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup winner, former premier league player of the year, 2 time premiership winner casually joined us to watch MOTD after visiting a local mosque. True definition of being humble. What a man.— J (@jahrul999) September 16, 2018Back in September, Kante accepted a stranger’s invitation to play FIFA and watch MOTD over a curry with his mates.Kante missed his Eurostar train after Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff and instead visited a mosque, where he met Gunners fan Badlur Rahman Jalil.The image of the modern-day footballer has long been one of unapproachable individuals who share little with the people who support them, but not Kante.He pays his taxes Why can’t everyone be more like N’Golo Kante?Brilliant, happy and humble: the world would just be a better place if it was filled with millions of little Kantes. 5 5 Kante has won more Premier League matches than any other player since he arrived in England. Coincidence? I think not!The 2017 PFA Player of the Year can claim to be one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the world right now.Obviously he wouldn’t though, because that’s not what he’s like.He was too shy to ask to hold the World Cup 5 N’Golo Kanté: tiny, brilliant, unaffected, modest, almost universally admired, and a footballer whose image is *burnished* by a leak. Who wouldn’t want him on their side?— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) November 15, 2018Here are five reasons why the quiet Frenchman is an exemplary human being:He’s really good at football Brexit would probably be fine, global warming would sort itself out, and even if it didn’t, we’d all smile through it anyway.Football’s Nicest Man™ struck again as it was revealed he refuses to have his Chelsea image rights paid through a tax haven. It’s just classic Kante. N’Golo Kante has two Premier League titles and a World Cup to his name getty Stephen Nzonzi had to urge his French team-mates to let Kante hold the World Cup because he was too shy to ask.So often elite talent comes with ego, but Kante is selflessly brilliant for the right reasons.He joined a random Arsenal fan for a night of FIFA and Match of the Day Football leaks recently revealed the Frenchman’s exemplary tax record N’Golo Kante shies away from mass attention It’s scientifically impossible to dislike N’Golo Kante This shouldn’t be something we actively celebrate, but such is the industry. Kante is a shining light in a dark, greedy football world.It’s hardly surprising that the one positive piece to emerge from Football Leaks was about Kante.He plays with a smile 5 5 Nothing can make N’Golo Kante sad If N’Golo’s happy, I’m happy.When you see that winning smile, your problems suddenly drift away.last_img read more

first_imgThe Warriors are in the midst of a feud that could lead to the dynasty’s undoing. Can Golden State (12-3) overcome its issues in a nationally televised road game against the Rockets (6-7)?Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Toyota Center, 5 p.m. (TNT, NBCSBA)Rockets’ projected starters: James Harden, Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, James Ennis III, Clint Capela. How the Rockets are doing: Houston has dealt with its share of internal troubles — albeit not on …last_img read more

first_img“Scientists force evolution in the lab,” announces Robert Roy Britt for LiveScience (see MSNBC copy).  A scientist forced a mutation that turned a green caterpillar into a black one.  The reader doesn’t get the rest of the story till the last line: “The next step, the researchers said, is to see if the variations do indeed occur in the wild.”Just one example among thousands that Charlie’s promoters pull on the public year after year, decade after decade.  Let the reader beware.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgAt Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government – including South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman, Brand South Africa board chair Chichi Maponya and CEO Miller Matola, and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues influencing country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman SachsDelegates from the manufacturing and related services sector said the country should market its pockets of excellence, especially to the rest of Africa. Goldman Sachs’ Colin Coleman speaks of Africa’s potential for growth and development.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe“As a first of its kind in South Africa, this forum will give leaders from all spheres a platform for debating our country’s competitiveness, as well as arriving at a common understanding of how to improve the competitiveness of our economy,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told delegates at the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum.Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa chairpersonBrand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the timing of the first South African Competitiveness Forum was ideal, as South Africa would celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. Active citizenship on all levels, she said, was the key to unlocking a brighter future.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa“As the official marketing agency for South Africa, tasked with building the reputation of the country – the nation brand – and contributing to national competitiveness, we consider this forum as part of our ongoing work to create new platforms and find innovative new ways to bring the country’s position to life,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane“Brand South Africa has been charged with the responsibility to bring South Africans together, to display what South Africa is all about – to tell the world who we are,” said Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency. “We have made great strides in all fields of our work as a nation.”MEDIA CONTACT Dr Petrus de KockResearch manager, Brand South Africa+27 11 712 5000last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The small business sector in Ohio is vital to many stakeholders. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many new, innovative products ready to take that next step — actual product development.CIFT President & CEO, Rebecca Singer announced the winners selected in recognition of their product concepts: Sarah Steinbrunner and Taylor Crooks of Sandusky, Ohio with their Bean Nut Butter: A delicious non-GMO and vegan nut butter that is free of the top eight allergens. Uniquely incorporates garbanzo beans which are high in protein and fiber, but lack high calorie and fat content association with regular nuts. Tina Smith and Nate Bissell of Jefferson, Ohio with their Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce: A unique, all-natural barbecue sauce made with a kick of hot peppers but offering a special ingredient – the sweetness of pure Ohio maple syrup. Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the startup businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling. Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio. The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educates and provides technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.last_img read more